Klaipeda was a bizarre mix of old Europe, the Cold War and the twenty-first century. Parts of the city were filled with quaint shops on narrow, cobblestone roads reminiscent of World War II. In other sections, bland Soviet-style apartment complexes made of gray, featureless concrete, often cheaply constructed and crumbling in places, were stacked on top of each other. A little farther into town, new shopping districts displayed the latest in fashions from all over Europe.
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